Saturday, 30 August 2014

Moving Up A Year

"Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity" -Coco Chanel



I know school can be a hard time for everyone but whether you are going to college, university or simply moving up a year, you are always going to be in need of some essentials ...

A pore eraser or primer is essential for a long school day.
I personally LOVE the MAC Prep+Prime Primer

A light foundation or BB cream is perfect for school because, if like me you have to wear limited makeup both (light foundation/BB) are suitable for the job!

A concealer is probably the KEY step to a school makeup routine. It can brighten, cover and eliminate anything you want. If like me you sometimes want to have a more fresher face, cut out the foundation/BB and just go for a concealer. If I miss foundation/BB I like to have a brightening concealer and a covering concealer. 
LEFT: Rimmel Wake me up
RIGHT: Marc Jacobs Correcting Pen


 MAYBELLINE FIT ME POWDER

Powder is ESSENTIAL for me because I have VERY oily skin. I usually use Rimmel's powder but this Maybelline one is more appropriate for school as it has an application already there to use.

BENEFIT BROW TINGS                    
 I have recently been into filling in my eyebrows. I usually just enhance the natural shape of my eyebrow, creating more of an arch to make my whole face look a bit more polished with the powder and a MAC 266 and then after, use the mini flat top brush in the compact with the waxy bit. This is perfect for travelling as well. The wax will make your eyebrows stay on for longer throughout your school day.

This next step is usually an and/or step. I usually apply a little of both, the bronzer to make my face looked naturally tanned and the blush to make my face have a natural flush. 
I'd advise to apply a cream blush, which in the photo above is the Smashbox one because it will stay on for longer. 
The 2 bronzers I have chosen are different in the sense the Maybelline one is much more pigmented than the Bourjois one.



            MAC MINERALISE SKIN FINISH
Highlighter is a step I would usually miss but it can add an incredible glow which will last you the whole day. It also makes your makeup look very classy and polished. 
Obviously you don't have to wear makeup for school but this is if you would...

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A hair brush is obviously a must for the day!

These Kleenex shine absorbing sheets are an alternative to powder. It reduces the shine by absorbing the oiliness from your skin. And these are also cheaper than a powder.

I think it goes without saying that an anti-bacterial hand gel is needed for school!

A lip balm through out the day can really help your lips from drying out, especially in the colder seasons!
 ELIZABETH ARDEN 8 HOUR CREAM
 Hand cream can really help you just like lip balm can. There is nothing worse than having dry hands. TIP: moisturising your hands from a young age can help eliminate wrinkles. Moisturiser smoothes and softens your hands which will stretch out your skin more making you have less wrinkles when you're older.

 If you're like me and have a blazer the products on your right can all fit in my blazer but if not a little bag to put all the essentials in will be helpful through out the school year!



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Water is very important! It keeps you hydrated and is good for your skin as well! Make sure you drink through the day at school and also when you get home to keep yourself refreshed and awake for after school activities and homework.


Lastly it is very important to balance your time. With having homework and the constant nagging of teachers 5 days a week, I think it is a good idea to take some time out, light a candle and relax!



"Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace."
           - Confucius 

XO

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

"You're Only Given One Little Spark Of Madness, You Mustn't Lose It"

ROBIN WILLIAMS



I am so emotional at this time, even though I didn't know this great and iconic man I still feel so touched by his unfortunate and tragic death.

His films have touched many people across the whole world and I can definitely say they have touched me in ways many actors/actresses cannot!

This magnificent man has created some spectacular films including:

GOOD WILL HUNTING

JUMANJI

BICENTENNIAL MAN

MRS DOUBTFIRE

...and the most loved... ALADDIN!

Obviously there are many more!

Many of his films mean a lot to me, Mrs Doubtfire brings back some amazing memories from my childhood as well as Bicentennial Man, which can I just say is one of THE most well made and emotional films I have ever watched!

This man was a real inspiration for many people and it is such a shame depression is the thing that killed him. Depression is nothing to be afraid or ashamed of, there is always help and support no matter what any individual thinks!

On a more personal note...
Depression is something very close to my heart and when I found out about this incredible man sadly passing it really made me realise that even the most successful people aren't always so successful inside. Please remember you may feel or look good on the outside but the inside counts just as much as the outside!

Now for some memorabilia of this insanely talented man:

Mrs. Doubtfire

""Dear Mrs. Doubtfire, two months ago, my mom and dad decided to separate. Now they live in different houses. My brother Andrew says that we aren't to be a family anymore. Is this true? Did I lose my family? Is there anything I can do to get my parents back together? Sincerely, Katie McCormick." 
...Oh, my dear Katie. You know, some parents, when they're angry, they get along much better when they don't live together. They don't fight all the time, and they can become better people, and much better mummies and daddies for you...Just because they don't love each other anymore, doesn't mean that they don't love you...But if there's love, dear... those are the ties that bind, and you'll have a family in your heart, forever. All my love to you, poppet, you're going to be all right... bye-bye.

Bicentennial Man

"That you can lose yourself. Everything. All boundaries. All time. That two bodies can become so mixed up, that you don't know who's who or what's what. And just when the sweet confusion is so intense you think you're gonna die... you kind of do. Leaving you alone in your separate body, but the one you love is still there. That's a miracle. You can go to heaven and come back alive. You can go back anytime you want with the one you love."

Aladdin

"But oh, to be free. Not to have to go "Poof! What do you need, "Poof! What do you need, Poof! What do you need?". To be my own master. Such a thing would be greater than all the magic and all the treasures in all the world. But what am I talking about? Let's get real here, that's never gonna happen. Genie, wake up and smell the hummus."

Good Will Hunting

"I just have a little question here. You could be a janitor anywhere. Why did work at the most prestigious technical college in the whole fuckin' world? And why did you sneak around at night and finish other people's formulas that only one or two people in the world could do and then lie about it? 'Cause I don't see a lot of honor in that, Will."

Jumanji

"You think that mosquitos, monkeys, and lions are bad? That is just the beginning. I've seen things you've only seen in your nightmares. Things you can't even imagine. Things you can't even see. There are things that hunt you in the night. Then something screams. Then you hear them eating, and you hope to God that you're not dessert. Afraid? You don't even know what afraid is. You would not last five minutes without me."



I am probably forgetting the most important part...to name this wonderful character I keep going on about! Robin Williams, this man is someone who inspired and will keep inspiring people whether he is with us or not! Your name is immortal and in our hearts so are you! Your work will never be forgotten as well as your outstanding self! 

//RIP//

XO






Saturday, 9 August 2014

If You Don't Imagine, Nothing Ever Happens At All

John Green's- Paper Towns. 

I'm here to tell a story just like John Green did in his elegant yet baffling book 'Paper Towns'.
Evidently my story won't live up to the same standards as Green's because 1) I'm not an author and 2) My spelling is horrific.

Quentin Jacobson having been fixated on the one and only Margo Roth Spiegelman since they were little decides to take his childhood thought of Margo, this being "...she was the most fantastically gorgeous creature that God has ever created" and pursue it further. By 'further' I mean he knew everything about her like they were still childhood best friends. Still, it's sort of sweet, no?

A lot of people say that this book is far fetched and that Green hasn't made it realistic but I disagree. Not all books with the involvement of love need to have a realistic story line to make the reader relate to it; the whole idea of this book in my eyes was to try to get the reader to understand that everyone has problems.

Margo takes it upon herself to re connect with Quentin (later calling him Q) after she has the idea of seeking her revenge one ex-bestfriend at a time including her cheating boyfriend. As well as that she thinks it is a great idea that Q drives her around, helping her seek the actual revenge. Q takes the opportunity, as he realises she is what everyone dreams of but Q later discovers that Margo is actually quite alone and her view on the world is much more complexed than Q ever expected. There is definitely an occurring theme of self doubt and lack of self esteem in both characters but not only that, even though Margo is seen as popular she doesn't necessarily see it that way, “That's always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they're pretty. It's like picking your breakfast cereals based on colour instead of taste.” 


It seems quite ridiculous for young teens to be driving around in the middle of the night/early morning seeking revenge, plotting their next move but not getting caught. But I easily forgot about that because right from when Margo and Q went on their adventure it was no secret that Margo felt stuck, confronting Q on how “It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.”  Margo wanted to leave and because I read the blurb of the book I knew she disappeared, so the spy that I am I picked up on the things she was saying, “I'm in love with cities I've never been to and people I've never met.”  Clearly she wanted to leave and maybe she was better off just been left.

Yes, Margo does go missing leaving challenging clues of her whereabouts. Not only did Q and his 3 friends go find Margo but they missed their graduation for it! Again, I do see the unrealistic parts to the book,maybe it's just me been a naive reader or maybe it's me just liking an adventurous book, but the best part of it was when the 'unrealistic' parts took place because what is a book without some imagination?

The most powerful yet emotionally stressful bit was finding Margo after a long drive and she didn't want to come home. But in the beginning she left clues in hope that Q would find her really quickly but he didn't; so she travelled and she stayed away from her home because to her it was a paper town but where she was now wasn't too different from her home, so as she said to Q, "A paper town for a paper girl" But she didn't just see the place she was staying (Agloe) as a paper town she also saw HERSELF as one, " I didn't really look down and think about how everything was made of paper. I looked down and thought about how I was made of paper. I was the flimsy-foldable person, not everyone else. And here's the thing about it. People love the idea of a paper girl. They always have. And the worst thing is that I loved it, too. I cultivated it, you know?" I do know, and I understood what she was saying, which is why I discount people's opinions of how 'unrealistic' the book was because to me the book was more relatable than I could have wished for.

Margo may have not come home. Quentin may have lost his fight. But their town was still paper and their memories were not. 



XO